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Bottling NameBlanton's
Bottled ByAncient Age Distilling Co. Frankfort,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content93 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Unknown
Mashbill InfoBT high rye
Views (since 20080612) 125899
Bottling Info<From their website> Our International award winning Blanton???s Original is bottled at 46.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is the foundation and standard for all Blanton???s products.

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The nose is very deep and satisfying. The taste has a masterful start with powerful dry vanilla notes in perfect harmony with hints of honey amid the strong caramel. The long, creamy caramel holds the fort until some late soft peppers arrive to spice things up. The underlying dryness amid the spice and honey really makes for bourbon that should suit all tastes and one to keep the discerning whiskey drinker almost purring with delight.

Jim Murray
Classic Bourbon, Rye and Tennessee Whiskey



Review from masterbuilder (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2295, Created:20140316000011)
Purchased at:PLCB (the black hole of quality Bourbons)
Purchased for:$54.00 US
Info on this bottle:Dumped on 12-16-13 from barrel no. 17 stored in warehouse H on rick no. 24
Nose:Wonderful nose. Caramel with a bit of oak and underlying spice. I nosed this in a snifter for about 10 minutes. You know the alcohol's there.
Taste:Alcohol forward with wood and spice. Thin, with a bit of rye.
Finish:Weak to non-existent. The spice and alcohol peter out pretty quickly and you're left with...... nothing.
Overall:I tried Blanton's about ten years ago and found it lacking then. As Pennsylvania doesn't give you a lot of selection in quality Bourbons (or any other spirits), I decided to try it again.

The bouquet of this bourbon (nose and mouth together, per Fred Noe) promises much, but the sip delivers much less. Fail.

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Review from Wasatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2287, Created:20131225182025)
Purchased at:Layton, State Liquor Store
Purchased for:$52.95 750ml
Info on this bottle:Dumped 25 Mar 13, Barrel No. 37, Warehouse H, Rick No. 47, Registered Bottle No. 171
Nose:Very nice deep golden amber color.

Vanilla, oaky, slightly spiced, with some caramel notes, slight tobacco/honey.
Taste:Full Body, Very nice oak notes, sweet, with some nice spicyness.
Finish:Moderate, Very nice, slightly dry and still oaky, with some sweetness. Kick ASS finish!
Overall:A very very tasty bourbon, quite different than most bourbons I've had to date, also one of the best I've had to date. Highly recommended, worth the price.

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Review from Watson Roadster (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2161, Created:20130302215206)
Purchased at:LCBO Stoney Creek,Ontario
Purchased for:$59.90 CDN (On sale!!! 5 bucks off!!!)
Info on this bottle:Blanton's The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey Dumped on 9/28/12 from barrel no.237 from warehouse H on Rick no.9 Registered bottle no. 186
Nose:The nose is interesting...I get vanilla and hints of butterscotch and toffee mingling with oak and a general woodiness...Some char...Oddly enough,I'm getting a light wintergreen/menthol thing going on at the end...
Taste:Nice,but sweet!Vanilla and butterscotch with corn sweetness...A fairly heavy kick of rye spice...Oak...Very similar to the nose and the flavour lingers!
Finish:Lengthy!This bourbon has some viscosity,so,this isn't surprising.A very nice mingling of that butterscotch/toffee thing along with the corn sweetness.The oak from the barrel definately comes through on the back end,as well.I still do detect that hint of wintergreen/menthol,but,it's very light...I honestly have no idea how that flavour got in there?
Overall:This is very expensive juice up here...And it will only be consumed on special occasions!However,it is very good.I should say that I bought this a week ago and had a couple of glasses and it was a bit rough.I corked it for a week and did this review.I also let the spirit breath in the glass for about 8 minutes or so...From reading other reviews,the airing of the spirit in the bottle and in the glass greatly enhances things...So I tried it and...Voila!!!...It was successful!Very good stuff..If ya' got the cheddah,check it out!

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Review from karloff (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2155, Created:20130215114426)
Purchased at:rehills, Jesmond, England
Purchased for:43 pounds
Info on this bottle:Dumped on12-9-11 Barrel 20 Wharehouse H Rick no 6 Bottle no 276
Nose:Like all Bourbons it has that distinctive vanilla nose, this also has a lovely butterscotch aroma with strong chocolate orange.
Taste:Full bodied, this has a wonderfull juicy and tangy taste to it and the chocolate orange is strong with a hint of cherry in the back ground.
Finish:A long and mouth watering butterscotch finish
Overall:Don't judge a book by it's cover so they say but you can with this one, a beautiful bottle and a beautiful whiskey inside. Always had my eye on this one and i wasn't disapointed.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2035, Created:20120127161639)
Purchased at:Luke's Cape Cod
Purchased for:$53
Info on this bottle:Blanton's dumped 11-7-2011 - Barrel 44 - Rick 3 - Warehouse H. #144
Nose:Very tight upon opening. Within the past 15 minutes it went from salty coconut to to young wood, becoming deeper as the minutes fly. A definite note of Sherry?????like sherry cask. It's reminiscent of a Glenmorangie scotch.
Taste:Structured very tight and it will take time in the bottle to open further. Lively citrus.
Finish:Bright. Mottled with honey notes and something very special at the end. It's on the direr side for a Blanton. Resinous, some butterscotch. Chewy.
Overall:I'll send another review on this bottle as it opens. So far, so good! BB

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Review from midwestinNY (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2027, Created:20120104221233)
Purchased at:Beltramo's
Purchased for:approx $50
Info on this bottle:Barrell #164 bottled 2-28-09, bottle 228
Nose:
Taste:[Description of the initial taste impression]
Finish:[Description of the lingering taste impression]
Overall:TALE OF TWO BOURBONS

I actually wrote my previous review about a week or so ago, and to be honest, at the time, that was my candid and objective opinion and experience with the bourbon. With the aggressive corn and rye, abruptly interrupting the finish. I decided to, as I've seen suggested by BB on here for a number of bottles, to let it air out. I literally left the cap off for a little over a week or two at about 2/3 full. Often times checking back to check the nose and bouquet. I did find, over just the short period of time, some of those aggressive aromas mellowed. Started to get some sweet brown sugar, toffee, caramel and oak. I poured a small drink last night over some ice, about 1.5 oz as I was just poking around my collection just tasting stuff. It was SIGNIFICANTLY better, much smoother start to finish. I even took it back to back with my old trusty Four Roses Single Barrel, and I was preferring Blanton's, at least last night I was. Tonight I poured a real glass, I like mine on some crushed ice. The nose is phenomenal! Caramelized brown sugars, hints of toasted vanilla, caramel. The taste is PERFECT, and finished niiiiiiiice this time. So sweet and balanced, really teetering towards ORVW 10yr 90p. Fantastic. This is a VERY complex whiskey with all kinds of treasures and secrets, rushing it was a mistake, to unlock its real wonder, let it breath for a while, let some of those aggressive aromas and flavors mellow out and you will be greatly rewarded, opinion completely overturned and quite possibly on my way to being a true enthusiast!

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Review from midwestinNY (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2015, Created:20111215004113)
Purchased at:Beltramo's
Purchased for:approx $50
Info on this bottle:Barrell #164 bottled 2-28-09
Nose:You have most of the nuances of a good bourbon, but more pronounced on the spice and tobacco. But I consider Blanton's to be on the dryer side, like a dry cognac
Taste:Starts like it's going to be the best bourbon you've ever had, this has a very WIDE spectrum of tastes. The vanilla, the sherry wine, carmel, maple, heavy on the spice. Great opening. Nice round rich and smooth.
Finish:This is where the bourbon falls apart for me. You have this amazing opening, and a short bumpy finish. Too harsh for my taste. Four Roses Single Barrel is cheaper and ten times smoother on the finish, albeit not nearly as complex as this.
Overall:This bourbon has so much potential, but if you have a poor finish, it just ruins it for me. A very complex and rewarding bourbon on the front end that is too harsh on the finished. Overhyped, overpriced, and underwhelming a bit. I've had it a few times and always left me with a incomplete impression. Probably hasn't been aged long enough since Blanton's won't publish the age because their single barrel process is soooooo intense and amazing. Yeah whatever.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2012, Created:20111118163902)
Purchased at:Cape Cod MA
Purchased for:$52
Info on this bottle:Blanton's SB - Dumped on 5-9-11 - Rick 4 - Barrel 28
Nose:back to the Blanton's I know... good integrated nose, spice and wood.
Taste:Firm burn like the old 07's and 08's right up front with bold spice and oak. A burn that clings to your front teeth and upper lip. Fairly tight which is a good sign, meaning that it will further improve. So far it's light in the caramel and toffee department.
Finish:Medium. Clean and crisp.
Overall:4-Stars. BB

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2011, Created:20111118162841)
Purchased at:Cape Cod MA
Purchased for:$53
Info on this bottle:Blanton's SB - Dumped on 7-22-11 - H - Rick 40 - Barrel 181
Nose:Initially upon opening I was taken by surprise because it wasn't the usual Blanton's that I know. Much lighter with a resinous nose, good barn wood, light golden in color.
Taste:No punch, no brass, no balls. I'd swear it was an 80 Proofer. Mild burn at best with a boatload of vanilla right out front.
Finish:Lame. Quick, shorter than short. Leaving nothing to the imagination.
Overall:I give this bottle C- or Two Stars, max. Not impressed. And it went nowhere in the bottle after airing weeks down the road. It didn't open or mature into anything other my first impression. BB

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2006, Created:20111104233603)
Purchased at:Cape Cod
Purchased for:$52
Info on this bottle:Blanton's Barrel 181 Rick 40 Warehouse H on 7-22-11
Nose:Upon opening = Resinous. Huge hit of Brown Sugar along brown fruit. Fig, raisins with a vanilla note. A rarity for Blanton's.
Taste:Vanilla with good wood and spice. Lighter than most other bottles, with a delayed medium burn. It lacks the bravado but not the luster.
Finish:Quick and clean. Lingering tingle.
Overall:It's a unique bottle in the way of an aperitif or desert, before after dinner. Sweet vanilla and good barn board. Georgeous, minus the viscosity. An easy drinking Blanton's. A first of this style... big nose, wide legs. Lean on the finish. I'm not going to rate it until it unfolds further.

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Review from LogicalFrank (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1755, Created:20091116002310)
Purchased at:
Info on this bottle:5/16/07 barrel 393 warehouse h rick 36 bottle 184
Nose:Thick and warm, very woody, spicy. A real classic bourbon nose. Straight down the middle.m
Taste:Mild but still very flavorfull. Brighter than the nose but not overly so. Citric overtones lend a nice liveliness.
Finish:Medium long. Lingering hints of leather wane to vanilla and spice.
Overall:This is one of the good ones. Very drinkable but not dumbed down or overly mild. This is a bourbon that bourbon enthusiasts can enjoy right along side a non-bourbon drinker, a very admirable trait indeed. The bottle makes for an impressive presentation too. Yes, I know it is strictly a cosmetic concern but it does make it a perfect bourbon for impressing company.

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Review from helios (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1676, Created:20090907135756)
Purchased at:Wine Source, Baltimore Maryland
Purchased for:$44-a deal-Wine Source is always voted best liquor store
Info on this bottle:Dumped 7-6-09, Brl 107, Ware H, Rick 35, Frankfort, Kentucky
Nose:Matches the golden, honey, sunset glow. This nose says, you have made a right decision--now follow me down this path. Welcome to my world.
Taste:Deep. Gold. A sensual adult beverage-no cloying sweetness, no cotton candy, this is what you have been waiting for.
Finish:Rising, then slowly extinguishes, like stars through the night, then daybreak.
Overall:Please write to this site your feelings of this bourbon--I feel happy I found this bottling--I'm collecting my horse stoppers. You can add to this thread of taste.

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Review from HowiPepper (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1527, Created:20090328145407)
Purchased at:Palm Coast, Florida
Purchased for:57.99
Info on this bottle:Bottle No. 184 from barrel No. 89, warehouse H on rick No. 51, dumped on 9-22-08
Nose:Vanilla, a little oak, maybe a light floral.
Taste:Deceptively smooth and mild, with the sweetness and caramel showing up first, but after a few seconds in the mouth, the spices pop in for a wonderful taste sensation. Not oakey or perfumey, like some Bourbons.
Finish:Nice long spicy finish, leaves a lingering sweet cinnamon overtone that slowly fades away. Until the next sip :-D
Overall:The card that accompanies this bottle states it is "The finest Bourbon in the world". I don't know if that is completely true, but it is one very fine Bourbon. The price is a bit steep, but as a gift for a close friend, or a nice treat for a special day, well worth the expense.

This Bourbon was recommended by an old friend I ran into at one of the local liquor emporiums in my small town. In my limited experience with Bourbon, this is most definitely the finest one I've tried!

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1497, Created:20090220190744)
Purchased at:NH
Purchased for:look down
Info on this bottle:Blanton's Original SB / 9-16-08 / Barrel 31 / Warehouse H / Rick 55
Nose:Some time after opening this shows wonderful caramel. Like the type of caramel you can't pass on. REAL CARAMEL.
Taste:Perhaps a caramel factory?
Finish:Smooth? As silk, with a bright and sultry finish.
Overall:A-1 Bourbon. Patience is a virtue... BB

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1488, Created:20090215190145) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:NH
Purchased for:$46
Info on this bottle:Blanton's Original SB / 9-16-08 / Barrel 31 / Warehouse H / Rick 55
Nose:Initially upon opening it had a yeasty note that fortunately dissipated. 20 minutes later into 30 it started coming about with all the usual Blanton's structure and goodness. This barrel shows less Montauk Pepper than the last, not as peppery - more refinement. Good fruit; ripe oranges. Good spice; allspice and more. Caramel.
Taste:Smooth. Brassy. Lights up your front upper lip and gums, surrounding areas, top of the mouth then slowly drops down mid-palette. Sparky. Tight and integrated flavors like a Rock Hill with a slight ethanol finish.
Finish:Full and nice. Medium to long flavors melting into a clean yet silky/warm ethanol ending. .
Overall:The nose is to die for, perfectly balanced. It's A-1 Bourbon with bravado. BB

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1283, Created:20080908170735)
Purchased at:
Nose:A hint of fruit mixed with some vanilla makes for a nice opening. Rye and a wee bit of oak speak out. Nice aromas, y'all, nice aromas.
Taste:A little drier this time than I remember Blanton's to be, but there is some rich sweetness there too and a zip of spice to give it some character.
Finish:Moderate to long, leaving some spicy tingle behind.
Overall:Very good, but not great this time around.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1264, Created:20080826010905)
Purchased at:Cape Cod, MA
Purchased for:$47ish
Info on this bottle:7-11-07 Barrel #12 Warehouse H Rick # 23 / Reg #184
Nose:Good mellow corn lies beneath the alcohol. Sandy. Rather Euro in design due to the wood. Cognac-like, neat and clean. Clove lingers on the surface along with lots of cracked pepper. Very peppery, light Montauk. It keeps opening to a fine English Toffee aroma, very subtle.
Taste:Complex. Quick to burn. Honeysuckle and Straw with some serious spice. Corriander?
Finish:Deceiving. It comes back and lingers - leaving you with a dry finish towards the back of the throat that keeps playing a game of Ping Pong! A cornucopia of complex flavors at the very end bounces around then back and forth after a minute or so... really interesting. A very unique experience.
Overall:I opened this bottle about 12 weeks ago and it has aired approximately one-third down throughout the past month. It's better now than when I first opened it, by a long shot. It's peaking. There are complex Citrus aromas evolving and increased texture, its blossomed. Amazing... I'm blown away by this bottle now, and I wasn't when I first opened it. Great legs. It shines! BB (Glass = Riedell Cognac XO)

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Review from Bourbon Joe (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1263, Created:20080825205459)
Purchased at:PA several years ago
Purchased for:???
Nose:Sweet corn and honey with a touch of oak
Taste:No specific tastes jump out but everything that needs to be there is there, and in perfect balance. Great mouthfeel.
Finish:Medium length finish.
Overall:This is one of BT's flagship bourbons and rightly so. This bottle is very good. I have not had one of the more recent bottles. Maybe a tad overpriced today.

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Review from 1990Z51 (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1069, Created:20080415144644)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:n/a
Info on this bottle:From Friends flask at a wedding
Nose:What I could smell from the flask was pure delight.
Some fruit, oak and caramel smell. Reminds me of walking through the Buffalo Trace aging houses.
Taste:Neat:
Very yummy. No harsh bite at all. Sweet. Carmel and oak dance around some fruit flavors. Second sip was left on palate for considerable amount of time to enjoy the flavors.
Finish:Very pleasing. No harsh bite. Caramel lingers with hint of vanilla, maybe fruit. Well rounded. Wish it would last longer, like forever:-)
Overall:To Date: My very favorite Bourbon EVER! I have a bottle unopened at home which may just get opened this weekend.

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 957, Created:20071224184123) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:George Town
Purchased for:$8.25
Nose:Nice full nose with a sweet tickle... I think the pecan pie with cream is right on.

As it sat over a few minuts I pciked up a light green apples nse with some apricots .

At the end of the drink I was able to get hints of caramel & vanilla
Taste:Good fruitiness, sweet and plentiful... I need to buy a bottle of this

I like the tastes (all of them ) around my mouth... the tastes reflected the nose over the time of the drink



Finish:Finish was lingering at 60 seconds.... nice balance. I liked the overall equality in the tastes and finish
Overall:I want to try the barrel prof now..

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Review from Kendall (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 864, Created:20071021155001)
Purchased at:Liquor Mart, Richmond, Ky.
Purchased for:6.99/50ml
Info on this bottle:single barrell bourbon
Proof Of this Bottle:93
Nose:light corn
Taste:soft and smooth, light wood
Finish:warm , slight alcohol burn,
Overall:nice, not complex. Easy to drink, I was suprised it was not more complex.
Not as favorfull as I would have liked. I hate to say but I was very disappointed.
Way overpriced.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 752, Created:20070424115534, Updated:20070429161529)
Purchased at:On Blue Bayou - I knew I'd go back some day, come what may! Sing it , Roy, or Linda!
Purchased for:A dollar 2.98
Info on this bottle:Dumped in my rickety mouth on 04/24/07
Nose:A nose good enough to write a song about.........where is Blind Willie McTell when you need him?........now, he could do it justice (and he would like Blanton's, he would like it just like Miss Cora liked his music........cause it's good). And ole Granny Smith would recognize that apple aroma wafting up. And don't let's overlook the rye and leather and caramel and cream pie. Shoot I reckon it smells good!
Taste:This lady takes her time as she glides across your mouth. The flavor doesn't burst on your palate, it sits down softly and makes itself, and by extention you, quite comfortable. She permeates the mouth with a creamy sweetness tailed agressively by some spice and pepper that fade substantially before falling into the back of your throat. A very memorable taste that just reeks of quality.
Finish:A moderate to long finish with some citrus and sweetness chasing off the spice and pepper. An almost perfect finish to an almost perfect bourbon.
Overall:S'cuze me a moment whilst I goes outside to WAH HOO! Momma, let this boy grow up to be a cowboy! I ain't had a lick of this stuff in a month of Sundays and its been my loss. Ladies and gents, I present to you a beautiful bourbon, Blanton's......take a bow 'Big B'.

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Review from MikeK (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 548, Created:20060723140219)
Purchased at:New Hampshire State Liquor Store
Purchased for:$33 on sale
Info on this bottle:Dumped 5-4-05, barrel 183, warehouse H, rick 52
Nose:Sweet with aromas of rye, apples, mint, and cherries.
Taste:Sweet and caramely, with a syrupy mouth feel. Slight burn from the middle to the back of the mouth. The flavor starts out soft and cottony and grows to a huge flavor and mouth feel by the end of the glass. Thick syrup with a gentle spiciness.
Finish:Medium length finish, dry with a consistent presence of tea.
Overall:An elegant whiskey with mood swings. Some days it is shy and delicate. On other days it is huge and powerful. It reminds me of Eagle Rare or Elmer T. Lee, but elevated to a higher level. A must try for any enthusiast.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 369, Created:20060311070444)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:12.00
Info on this bottle:Standard single barrel
Proof Of this Bottle:93
Nose:Apples and apricots with caramel and vanilla. Nutmeg spice with honey.
Taste:Sweet rich fruit- apples, with a hint of corn and spice, sweet caramel and oak.
Finish:Very sweet fruit leading into a pleasantly dry oak.
Overall:Drink it neat!

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 318, Created:20051213113046)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop
Purchased for:$47
Info on this bottle:Dumped on 2/3/05 from Barrel No 265, Warehouse H, Rick No 33
Nose:A very nice rich thick nose which smells of a warm pecan pie with cream. Then along comes rye and leather. Lurking about in the background are corn sweetness, other spices, a bit of citrus, and a touch of clover. The nose is delicious and promises a lot from this whiskey!
Taste:Ah, thank goodness the taste is the equal of the nose, as I would have been very disappointed otherwise. This is a very rich and complex taste with a bit of fruitiness balanced by the rye. The corn sweetness has a creamy viscosity that gives a warm glow in the mouth that comes as close to a liqueur or a brandy as any bourbon I can recall. No rough edges nor unwelcomed rogue flavors. Flavors are in balance and harmony.
Finish:The alcohol is never allowed to command the finish. It is like a muted brass section in an orchestra.......there, necessary, but not obtrusive. Because everything is in balance the finish is only moderately long, but quite satisfactory nonetheless.
Overall:Both thumbs up to Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon. I have been meaning to try this bourbon for a long time and am just getting there. It is a pleasure to drink. I would not hesitate to serve it to anyone, anytime. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I add my voice to the chorus of praise for Blanton's. It is a top-shelf bourbon that will give pleasure to bourbon drinkers everywhere.

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Review from JoeBourbon (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 285, Created:20051001164215)
Purchased at:PALCB Wine & Spirits Shop
Purchased for:42.39
Info on this bottle:Warehouse H, Rick 49, Barrel 102, Dumped 11/26/03
Nose:Spicy nose with moderate sweetness.
Taste:Good viscocity, lovely rye spices. Not overly sweet. Nice warmth on back end.
Finish:Medium - Not exceptionally long - but adequate. Hints of dried apricots.
Overall:This is not a cheap bourbon but worth the price IMHO. This bourbon makes me think about Kentucky.

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Review from bunghole (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 279, Created:20050927104320)
Purchased at:ABC Store #338 Waynesboro, Virginia.
Purchased for:$45.90
Info on this bottle:Aged in Warehouse 'H'; Rick #33, Barrel #275. Dumped on 02-04-05
Nose:Georgous golden honey hued amber color. Looks to be about six or seven years old.

The nose is tightly complex and very well balanced with a symphony of sweet charred oak; buttered corn-on-the-cob, the sweetness of malt, along with a rich vortex of honey; vanilla toffee, and some little something that is both floral and fruity at the same time.
Taste:Heavenly! The flavor profile is as balanced as it is unique. If you hold Blanton's in your mouth and swish your tongue around you will get this wonderful malty sweetness and tingle right on the tip of your tongue that is very pleasent. All of the other sweet elements of the nose come into play as well rehearsed musicians, and they dance on your tongue in perfect time; in perfect pitch, and in perfect harmony. Not a note is out of place, nor is any one voice any louder than the other.
Finish:The finish is like an encore. Given much applause, the band returns to the stage much to the delight of the audience. A tad of anise arrives late like a provocative tone surprise. The whole movement fades slowly and softly amid the natural reverbaration of a well designed and acoustically correct music hall. The audience responds apporpriately, and pours another glass of bourbonic perfection.
Overall:Blanton's is the perfect bourbon. It's melody enriches my soul, and the beat makes my soul dance!

As often as I am given directions, if Blanton's is not served in HELL - I SHALL NOT GO!

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Review from jbohan (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 196)
Purchased at:Tower Package, Doraville, Ga
Purchased for:35
Info on this bottle:Dumped on 11/13/04 Barrel No. ,389 Warehouse H, Rick No. 16
Proof Of this Bottle:93
Nose:The color is exactly what you want a good bourbon to be. The first nose tells you this came from a charred barrel filled with a good billmash.
Taste:Very smooth vanilla notes coming through, hints of rye, leather and corn sweetness. Keep it rolling on your tongue as long as you can, the flavor will stay with you.
Finish:No aclohol burn, just a continuation of the great mix of flavors on the tongue, breathe deeply after you have let the golden nectar go down. This is the bourbon I keep around for special occasions and carefully guard each drop. When people who come over tell me they have only had bourbon with coke, or God forbid, Jack and coke, Iwill let them try some of this to show them what a good bourbon should be.
Overall:[Overall impression of this bottling]

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 149)
Purchased at:Toronto today
Purchased for:Around $60 (CAN)
Info on this bottle:Dumped 6/29/'04 from Barrel No. 199 from Warehouse H, Rick No. 40
Nose:Light char and wood, caramel, rye hints
Taste:The taste is like the nose, it is also rich and soft, the rye just at the edges and hinting through the fudgy rich taste. Butterscotch toffee. Very rounded, brandy-like, very balanced.
Finish:Nice, like the taste, some bourbons leave an ethanol taste but this one is very-well integrated. I second all Jim Murray's comments above, mine are another way (my attempt) to say the same thing, he nailed it.
Overall:My favorite Blanton so far. Very high quality. I prefer it to the Gold and the Barrel Strength (or at least the ones I've tried which is one of each). It must be the particular barrel because when I dilute those others to this proof (93) I can't get them to be (by my lights) as good. I have always thought (and I may be wrong) that a house will save its most individualistic barrels for the highest proof, that way if someone is put off by that particular taste they have a high-strength bottling to "compensate" (both in the flavor and from a cost standpoint). Whereas when a barrel is particularly rich and good, like No. 199 that became this Original Single Barrel, the house will use it to produce a mid-range proof and make it go further, spread more of it around as it were. I may be wrong though and it may be simply that each barrel can be quite different and as I say I've only had the Barrel Strength and Gold once so maybe some of those bottles are as good as this Original. Or maybe the water used at Buffalo Trace to dilute to 93 proof is better than anything I find at home to dilute the Barrel Strength and Gold...

I hope this makes sense. To summarise it is all fine whiskey but this Original is the best Blanton I've had. It is in taste a cousin to Elmer T. Lee, it is almost as rich as the current Elmer Lee and I like that but is more elegant and brandy-like. Also, the slight congeneric note of Elmer T. Lee (which I like) is absent here. The tasting panels at Trace know their stuff, you can tell they are aiming for a particular flavor in Blanton vs. Elmer T. Lee and they achieve that. As Chuck Cowdery said recently if you see Sazerac whiskey buy it, these guys are pros to the max.

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